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paper nautilus

any dibranchiate cephalopod of the genus Argonauta, the female of which has a delicate, white shell.
Origin of paper nautilus
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The argonaut, or paper-nautilus, must be carefully distinguished from the pearly-nautilus or nautilus proper (Nautilus Pompilius).

  • The paper-nautilus (Argonauta argo) belongs to a different family of the same class, and has a simple, delicate, boat-like shell.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for paper-nautilus

paper nautilus

any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Argonauta, esp A. argo, of warm and tropical seas, having a papery external spiral shell: order Octopoda (octopods) Also called argonaut Compare pearly nautilus
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